The Chemistry Between Writer and Reader

This is a guest post by Trish Nicholson. I first discovered Trish because of her blog posts on writing and the connection between the reader and writer. Her love of travel resonated with me and her approach is unique. Writing has always been an important part of her life, contributing to columns and features in national … Continue reading The Chemistry Between Writer and Reader

Interview with Strange Alliances

This is just a quick post to let you know that my interview with Elaine Aldred is over at her blog, Strange Alliances: F.C. Malby. Literally Engaged With Her Writing. We discuss my teaching experience in the Czech Republic just after the fall of communism, and various aspects of writing and publishing. Many thanks to Elaine … Continue reading Interview with Strange Alliances

Writers and Their Creative Spaces

Some of you may have noticed the blog header change. It is a photograph I took of  W. H. Auden's desk and typewriter at his summer house in Kirchstetten, Austria, not so far from where I live. The previous header was an image of his bookshelves which are upstairs in his study. I visited Auden's summer house … Continue reading Writers and Their Creative Spaces

Argo: What We Can Learn From Film About Not Overwriting

http://youtu.be/xVuG27Ij3Bs I watched Argo over the weekend, having seen it win an impressive collection of awards. Among it's accolades were: Seven nominations for the 85th Academy Awards, winning three, for Best Film Editing, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture. The film also earned five Golden Globe nominations, winning Best Picture – Drama and Best Director, while being nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Arkin. It won the award … Continue reading Argo: What We Can Learn From Film About Not Overwriting

The Best Characters Are Broken

'The best characters are broken.' I came across this quote yesterday and it has stayed with me. I started to think about why this is the case and how the reader identifies with broken characters. The quote was a little nugget in a much longer article by writer Faith Hunter. She writes in the fantasy/thriller genre … Continue reading The Best Characters Are Broken